Shop Equipment - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource
Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiast!

Go Back   Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource Arrow Ranger-Forums Technical Forum Arrow General Technical & Electrical

General Technical & Electrical General technical and electrical discussion for the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-18-2008
Thread Starter

Level I Supporter
I am: Bob Ayers
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Durham, NC
Vehicle: 1999 Ford Ranger
Posts: 3,654
Total Props: 3
Shop Equipment

Tomorrow will be my 36th anniversary with IBM!!

The first piece of equipment I learned to operate was a Tektronix 576 curve tracer. I used it to do to Vfb, and Ir measurements on GaAs LED chips. Imagine that, LEDs 36 years ago!

Several years ago, I bought one of these Tektronix 576 curve tracers off of E-bay for my shop.

In addition to my scope, the piece of equipment I use the most is the Tektronix 576 curve tracer. I use it for testing semiconductor devices (diodes, bipolar & FET transistors, triacs, SCRs, etc.). You can measure forward voltages, reverse leakages, breakdown voltages, bipolar transistor hfe, and Vce(sat), FET gm, etc.

Here is a shot of it:

I've also got a meter in my shop that will do a Kelvin type of resistance measurement. This is also called 4-point, or 4-wire. With this technique, there is a + and - force, and a + and - sense, making the 4-points, which enables you to measure very low resistance values.. The units here are OHMS, and you can see measuring a piece of wire results in 0.00383 OHMS, or 3.83 milliohms:

1921 Ford Model T
1961 Ford Galaxie
1972 Volvo 1800E
1981 Mercedes 300D
1999 Ford Ranger 3.0L FFV 2WD
2005 Lexus SC 430
2005 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4WD

Photo site: photo
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CB Equipment herm59 Interior Semi-Tech 3 10-24-2008 08:32 PM
In need of some offroad equipment Ace General Ford Ranger Discussion 30 10-10-2008 02:54 PM
CB Equipment Options RangerJustin General Technical & Electrical 8 05-30-2006 10:14 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:05 AM.